Francesco Trebbi

Francesco Trebbi
Vancouver School of Economics
tel: 604.822.9932
fax: 604.822.5915
ftrebbi@mail.ubc.ca

Courses

Winter 2017
  • 309 Intermediate Open Economy Macroeconomics
  • Contents:
    The course provides the student with an introduction to macroeconomics. A first aim is to develop the basic analytical tools for understanding macroeconomic fundamentals, both in the short-run dimension (the business cycle) and in the long-run dimension (the trend). We will focus on the aggregate behavior of consumers and producers, the role of expectations in the economy, the dynamics of prices and unemployment, the consequences of different fiscal and monetary policies. A second aim is to corroborate the analytical framework with real-world applications, ranging from the United States' historical experience to cross-country comparisons, to develop insight in interpreting the 2008-09 financial crisis.
    Materials:
    Abel and Bernanke, Macroeconomics. There will also be supplementary readings and occasional handouts from the business press. In addition, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist or an equivalent source of current economic news is highly recommended.
     
    Winter 2017
  • 544 Political Economy, Institutions, and Business
  • Contents:
    This course addresses the interactions between profit-maximizing firms and a vast class of non-market agents, such as governments, political, legal and regulatory institutions, and the public. The focus of the class is on both international and US environments. The class emphasizes the operative implications of non-market institutions in affecting and constraining firm strategy. Topics and cases cover the analysis of economic and political institutions, economic policy, lobbying and special interest activity, regulation and antitrust, activism and media. We corroborate the analytical framework with real-world applications, ranging from the United States' historical experience to cross-country comparisons, to develop insight in interpreting fundamental politico-economic constraints.
    Materials:
    Lecture notes and reading material will be distributed in class.

     
     
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